Leland L. Riggs
( 1934-2012)
Transferred to Heaven I from TX XXI

Leland Riggs

Leland L. Riggs, 78, of Rockwall, Texas, died peacefully on February 3, 2012, surrounded by family. He was born in San Diego, California.

At age 16 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in the famous Korean Chosin Reservoir Campaign of 1950 where he received a Purple Heart. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Lee began a lengthy career in Law Enforcement, initially with the California Highway Patrol and later with the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration. As Special Agent in Charge, Lee directed DEA efforts against clandestine cocaine operations in Mexico, Panama, and Colombia.

Upon retirement from DEA, Lee served as Chief of Police in Dublin, Texas, and as District Attorney Investigator for Erath County, Texas. In his retirement years, Lee trained and competed champion working Quarter Horses, raced vintage cars, rode motorcycles with the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and was a member of TX XXI of Waxahachie, Texas. Leland spent time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Lee Riggs is survived by Betty, his wife and the love of his life for 41 years, his children Mark Riggs, Kirk Riggs, Heidi Tyus, Kellye, Roxanne, and Michelle, and their spouses, 11 grandchildren,
and 5 great-grandchildren.